‘CLASH PER­FECT TIM­ING’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

HUGO LLORIS be­lieves now is the per­fect time to face Chelsea for Tot­ten­ham – de­spite their very con­flict­ing form. Tot­ten­ham have won just once in nine games in all com­pe­ti­tions, com­ing back late on Satur­day to beat West Ham 3-2. And their lat­est Lon­don derby is set to prove prob­lem­atic too, with An­to­nio Conte’s men on a stun­ning run. Chelsea have won six suc­ces­sive Pre­mier League games with­out con­ced­ing, but Spurs skip­per Lloris feels the trip to Stam­ford Bridge will of­fer them a chance at proper re­demp­tion. “Our fans, our club and most of all our play­ers had a lot of ex­pec­ta­tions in this com­pe­ti­tion,” Lloris told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site. “We fought a lot last sea­son to get this Cham­pi­ons League place. We’re very dis­ap­pointed,

very frus­trated with the way we played. It’s a big dis­ap­point­ment but we need to keep our chins up be­cause it’s a big game to­mor­row. The only thing is to di­gest the frus­tra­tion of this de­feat and look for­ward.” Should Spurs re­dis­cover top form at Chelsea with a win, they will move to within a point of the Blues, who cur­rently hold top spot.

Po­chet­tino has now con­firmed that the 27year-old will also miss Satur­day’s Lon­don derby. The Bel­gian de­fender’s ab­sence against the league lead­ers will be a big blow to Spurs, who are look­ing to main­tain their un­beaten start to the sea­son. Spurs will now be with­out two of their first team de­fend­ers for the visit to Stam­ford Bridge with Danny Rose cur­rently serv­ing a one­match ban. The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional picked up his fifth yel­low card of the cam­paign against West Ham United last Satur­day. “I’m kick­ing my­self be­cause it was so un­nec­es­sary and yeah that (the Chelsea game) was the first fix­ture I looked out for in the sum­mer and I am gut­ted that I am go­ing to miss it,” Rose said af­ter the game. Ben Davies is also an­other doubt for this Satur­day’s game and will likely force Po­chet­tino to re­think his for­ma­tion for the game against An­to­nio Conte’s team.

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